Two candidates for West Virginia Universitys newly created child care director position will arrive on campus this week to meet with WVU and local community members.

Leslie Haning, director of Fairmont State Colleges Childrens Learning Center, will interview on Wednesday, Feb. 28. An open forum is planned for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in LyonTowers Jean Benson Lounge, Evansdale Campus.

Mark Casertano, program director at the University of South Floridas Preschool for Creative Learning, will be on campus for interviews on Thursday, March 1, with an open forum set for noon-1:30 p.m. in the Mountainlairs Hatfields B cafeteria.

“The decision to hire a director for child care services came in the fall of 1999,”said Melanie Cook, assistant director for Student Affairs,”after a Child Care Committee found that WVU student needs included infant care, less expensive part-time services and evening and weekend hours to coincide with changing class schedules.”

The new director will work with specified providers and coordinate a range of flexible child-care alternatives toward meeting these goals, among other duties, Dr. Cook said.”We are most pleased to have such experienced candidates under consideration for this important new position.”

Haning has been at Fairmont State since 1994, coordinating its campus-based development centers.

Since 1997, she also has been a certified instructor with the U.S. Department of Labors Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist Program.

She was a flight attendant for U.S. Air from 1990-94.

From 1988-89, she was first assistant, and then interim, director of the Kinder Care Learning Centers, Inc. in Burke, Va.

Haning belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Southern Early Childhood Association and the National Coalition for Campus Childrens Centers.

She earned a bachelors degree in family resources, child development and family studies in 1987 and a masters in elementary education in 1997, both from WVU .

Casertano has been at the University of Southern Florida since 1995, managing the daily operations of the preschool, including all programs and personnel.

He was assistant supervisor of HighlandHeights in New Haven, Ct. from 1988-89 and a childcare worker at the same facility from 1986-1988.

Casertano belongs to several professional organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Southern Early Childhood Association.

He earned a bachelors of arts degree in psychology and masters of science degree in counseling, mental health and clinical services from Southern Connecticut State University in 1984, and a doctorate in child development from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1992.